Munyonyo Martyrs Shrine was a scene of mixed emotions this morning, as the Christian community bid farewell to Fr. Wojciech Szymczak, also known as Father Kaggwa, who is returning to his homeland, Poland.
Fr. Kaggwa presided over his final Sunday Mass at Munyonyo Basilica this morning, marking the end of his tenure in Uganda and the beginning of his new mission as the Director/Administrator of an Addiction Centre in Poland. During his time in Munyonyo, Fr. Kaggwa has forged deep connections with the Christian community and has overseen various ministries, including Altar Servers and Legionaries.
In his Homily, Fr. Kaggwa urged Christians not to dwell on their weaknesses. Drawing from the example of the apostles, who still stumbled despite witnessing the divinity of Jesus Christ in transfiguration, he emphasized that human beings remain susceptible to sin even after transformative experiences. He called upon the congregation to draw strength from Jesus and His teachings, highlighting the significance of Holy Communion as a source of divine connection.
Renowned for his generous nature, Fr. Kaggwa is remembered by many as a lively, humorous, and compassionate priest who effortlessly connected with the faithful. Mr Gerald Muguluma, Chairman of the Parish Executive, expressed gratitude for Fr. Kaggwa’s wholehearted dedication to his duties, praising him for his warm demeanour and the spiritual and material support he provided to the community. He reassured them that although their paths diverge for now, they will cross again.
Father Paul Nsubuga, a fellow priest who served alongside Fr. Kaggwa, reminisced about their initial meeting during the COVID-19 lockdown at Munyonyo and lauded his colleague’s open-hearted hospitality. He pledged his prayers for Fr. Kaggwa’s new role in Poland.
Reflecting on Fr. Kaggwa’s time in Uganda, Father Male Ulman, the Rector of Munyonyo Martyrs Shrine, acknowledged his departing colleague’s fraternity. He thanked him for embodying the spirit of brotherhood throughout his tenure.
The Christian community was also given an opportunity to express their sentiments regarding Fr. Kaggwa. They painted a picture of him as a compassionate, joyful priest who served without prejudice and promised to keep him in their prayers.
In his speech, Fr Kaggwa thanked all parishioners for welcoming him and promised to always pray for them.
Watch full Mass here; https://www.youtube.com/live/5gtuTnDc7KU?feature=share